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WMI Control Error Win32: Access is denied

Our environment: Windows 2000 and 2003 (R2) domain controllers, Windows 2000 (sp4) and XP (sp2) workstations. We have a group policy to turn off the windows firewall.

The problem: when I try to use Windows Management Infrastructure (WMI - wmimgmt.msc) and connect to a different computer I get an error message that says, "Win32: Access is denied." when I go to WMI Control Properties. I've clicked the Change... button to try different user accounts and I can never connect. I've tried my account (member of domain admins), the domain administrator account, and the local administrator account but I still get Access is denied. My computer is running Windows XP SP2 and the target machine is running Windows 2000 SP4. I can connect to other Windows 2000 SP4 machines and other XP machines but there are a few that I can't connect to. I haven't seen a pattern and the event logs aren't showing anything that helpful.

Anyone got any ideas?
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kernfcuis
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kernfcuis
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kernfcuisAuthor Commented:
Okay, I have a little more information. I tried this command from my computer:

wmic /node:remote_computer OS GET Caption,CSDVersion,CSName

I received this error:
Node - remote_computer
ERROR:
Code = 0x80070005
Description = Access is denied
Facility = Win32

I checked the Security event log on the remote computer and saw these two messages:

Source: Security
Category: Account Logon
Type: Failure Audit
Event ID: 681
User: NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM
Computer: remote_computer
Description: The logon to account: myusername by: MICROSOFT_AUTHENTICATION_PACKAGE_V1_0 from workstation: local_computer failed. The error code was: 3221225572

Source: Security
Category: Logon/Logoff
Type: Failure Audit
Event ID: 529
User: NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM
Computer: remote_computer
Description: Logon Failure
 Reason: Unknown user name or bad password
 User Name: myusername
 Domain: our_domain
 Logon Type: 3
 Logon Process: NtLmSsp
 Authentication Package: NTLM
 Workstation Name: B1IS2

I've retried my password a couple of times and still no luck.
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johanvz1Commented:
You don't have administrative access on the computer u are trying to acces this way. Best is to create a group on your domain call it something like workstation admins. Put yourself in this group and on your network login script let it add this group into the administrative group on the workstations. This will ensure that you have administrative rights on all your workstations and thus you will be able to access them via Computer Management. Hope this helps.

Rgds,

Johan
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cschipperCommented:
You can download the microsoft WMI Object browser

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=6430F853-1120-48DB-8CC5-F2ABDC3ED314

and try that one maybe it gives you a more specific error.
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kernfcuisAuthor Commented:
Need to clarify something: we are in the domain admins group in our domain, so we should have administrative access to all workstations.
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johanvz1Commented:
As long as your domain admins have local administrative access on the pc's it should work I see no reason why what does the event log on the server say which you to ryn and connect from?.
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